Posts Tagged ‘dictionary’ Archive

Aaand the Definitions Are…

  1. Alacrity: eager and enthusiastic willingness
  2. Hackneyed: rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
  3. Specious: seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
  4. Garrulous: given to much talking, tediously chatty
  5. Trenchant: sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
  6. Obfuscate: to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

Clearly, I need to start studying the dictionary and quit relying on Google to do the work for me ­čÖé

Do You Know These Words?

I read a tweet yesterday that said something to the effect of, “Open a dictionary, even if you know the word,” which reminded me of studying for the GRE. While studying for┬áthe Verbal section, I read over the Hit Parade (a compilation of vocabulary words that are frequently tested on the GRE) and was surprised by how many I did not know.┬á Now, I knew the words, but not the actual dictionary version of the word.

My point?┬á Maybe whoever wrote that tweet yesterday had it right.┬á Maybe, as writers, we need to refer to our┬ádictionaries┬ámore often to make sure we know what we’re writing about.

I’ve randomly picked six of the words from the Hit Parade.┬á I’m going to post them below and then will post the definitions tomorrow.┬á Come back to see if you got them right!┬á And┬áNO cheating! haha ­čÖé

  1. Alacrity
  2. Hackneyed
  3. Specious
  4. Garrulous
  5. Trenchant
  6. Obfuscate